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Application to the Two-year Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe Program, University of Bologna

The international Master of Arts MIREES is a Second cycle Joint Degree (120 ECTS), awarded by the Faculty of Political Science “Roberto Ruffilli” in cooperation with the following partner universities: Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas;Corvinus University of Budapest; Saint-Petersburg State University.

MIREES is an innovative graduate programme, taught entirely in English , unique in Italy and Europe, devoted to students that have a BA background in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Agricultural or Cultural studies at large, and would now like to acquire a specialized, in-depth knowledge of the Post-socialist Countries in transition, the new EU member States after the Enlargements of 2004 and 2007, as well as the New East-European Neighbour Countries.

MIREES combines an academic approach with professional training, forging potential insightful consultants, analysts, and managers as Area Experts for international agencies, public administrations, private and public companies, and NGOs, while also offering a solid basis for further academic studies at the PhD level.


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Call for Papers: Weissbourd Conference, The University of Chicago, May 6-7

Call for Papers: Weissbourd Conference
May 6-7, 2011 – The University of Chicago

Keynote Address by John Searle
Response by Robert Pippin

The Society of Fellows seeks paper proposals for the Weissbourd 2011 Conference, which will take place on May 6-7.  Generously sponsored by the Bernard Weissbourd Memorial Fund, this annual event brings together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to present their work in the context of a shared critical problem, debate, or paradigm.

John R. Searle, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address on this year’s theme of “Contradiction.”  Robert Pippin, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought and Philosophy at the University of Chicago, will offer a response.  Along with these talks, the conference will comprise a series of panels chaired by faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars.  We are now inviting you and members of your department to be a part of this event.

A few words on this year’s topic:

“Contradiction”–an inevitable term in virtually all areas of critical analysis–describes a fraught relationship between established categories of thought.  Variously signaling a logical impossibility or impasse, an opposing claim or negation, or literally, an act of “speaking against” or speaking otherwise, the notion of contradiction opens up a path toward interdisciplinary examination of the foundations ofcritical inquiry itself.  How does contradiction shape the central problems we address in fields as distinct as history, philosophy, literary and cultural criticism, poetics, politics, psychology, theology, and law?  What is the relationship between such apparently static oppositions as nature/artifice or sacred/profane and dynamic understandings of contradiction such as dialectics?  What forms of coherence and consistency are required for critiques of scientific theories, of artworks and aesthetic practices, of speech acts and texts, or of social and political ideologies?  How do we live with contradiction, in theory and in practice?  And can we live without it?

All who are interested in participating in this conference are encouraged to submit brief abstracts of papers (no more than a paragraph, please) by March 15, 2011.  Paper abstracts may be submitted either for general consideration or for inclusion in one of the following proposed panels:

1. Marx, Hegel, and Modern Philosophy
Chair:  Spencer Leonard, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences (History)
Panel Description:  This panel addresses the question of Marxism’s relationship to philosophy both in terms of Marx and Engels’ own writings, in the tradition of “high Marxism” of the late 19th and early 20th century, and in the deliberate attempt to recover the question theoretically in the writings of Karl Korsch and Georg Lukács in the early 1920s.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

2. Tales of Suffering and Revolution: Victimhood and Agency in Collective Memory
Chair:  Berthold Molden, Mellon Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the Social Sciences (History)
Panel Description:  The French-Italian historian Enzo Traverso recently diagnosed the increasing power that narratives of victimhood have in social remembrance: “The memory of the Gulag erased that of the revolutions, the memory of the Holocaust replaced that of antifascism and the memory of slavery eclipsed that of anticolonialism: the remembrance of the victims seems unable to coexist with the recollection of their struggles, of their conquest and their defeats.” Within postcolonial critique, on the other hand, history itself is often envisioned as a specter haunting the postcolonial subject into self‐victimization. It is the aim of this interdisciplinary panel to discuss narratives of victimhood and political agency and scrutinize their alleged bipolarity. Normative reductions towards either victimizing or purely emancipatory historical rhetoric should be questioned and the dialectics between both highlighted. We encourage papers on specific politics of history and memory as well as on theoretical aspects of this topic.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

3. Poetry and Contradiction
Organizer:  Richard Strier, Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor in English  (Chair: TBA)
Panel Description:  This panel will consider whether poetry can live happily with contradiction, and what types of contradiction poetic form and poetic praxis can or cannot sustain.
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4. Philosophical Contradictions

Chair: Nathan Bauer, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities (Philosophy)
Panel Description:  This panel examines how philosophical inquiry (analytical and social/political) engages with contradiction, whether in moral psychology, in transcendental arguments, in the use of proofs, and in theories of practical irrationality, among other contexts.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

5. Theories of Mass Culture: A Panel in Honor of Miriam Hansen
Chair: TBA
Panel Description:  This panel will honor the intellectual legacy of Miriam Hansen (1949-2011), Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Papers directly addressing and drawing on the influence of Hansen’s work are particularly encouraged.  Submissions are also invited on the topics of the Frankfurt School, media theory, film criticism and the history of cinema and of visuality, and theories of mass culture.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

6. Postsocialism and the Contradictions of Neoliberalism
Chair: Eszter Bartha, Assistant Professor of Eastern European History at the Eötvös Loránd Universityin Budapest and Endeavor Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago
Panel Description:  This panel seeks to explore how we can interpret shifting working-class political identities post-1989 through the lens of “contradictions of neoliberalism,” and in what ways contradiction itself can offer a methodological tool for the understanding of postsocialist change and the challenges that newly established democracies are facing after twenty years of “transition.”
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

7. Social Conflict
Chair: Stefan Kluseman, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences (Sociology)
Panel Description:  Social conflict is a pervasive feature of social life and as such has been an integral element and theme in literature, social science research, and the news. Meanwhile, the news media but also literary work and social science research have played integral roles for conflict. Social conflict involves contradictions on various dimensions, including both, obvious forms such as political power struggles, economic (class) conflict, or war as well as more latent forms of conflict. This panel calls for papers studying conflict in its many forms in social science research and literary works as well as the role of the media and literature in conflict. Presentations on a range of topics are welcome, e.g. on political conflict; social and political movements; revolutions; terrorism and counterterrorism; imperialism and movements of national independence; economic (class) inequalities and conflict; ethnic, racial, and religious conflicts; violence; scientific debates; gender conflicts; generational conflicts; public scandals, etc.
Please email abstracts for this panel to:

We invite scholars in all fields to submit abstracts to individual panel chairs and/or to the Weissbourd Conference organizers, who may assemble additional panels in other areas where a substantial shared interest emerges.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions at the following email address:

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US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program, IREX, Deadline March 15


US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program

IREX is pleased to announce 2011-2012 competition for the US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Program.

EPS provides fellowships to US scholars and professionals for up to eight weeks to serve US Embassies in Eurasia as policy specialists on a chosen topic and pursue their own research project independently. EPS Grant covers the cost of travel and in-country housing and provides a stipend for living expenses.

Eligible Embassies and Fields (for more detailed descriptions of research fields please see application instructions posted on the link below):

Azerbaijan (US Embassy, Baku)
·        Caspian Geography/Environment
·        Labor
·        Education

Georgia (US Embassy, Tbilisi)
·        Media

Kazakhstan (US Embassy, Astana)
·        Civil Society
·        Foreign Relations

Kyrgyzstan (US Embassy, Bishkek)
·        Anti-Corruption
·        Policy Coordination
·        Cross-border trade

·        History of US-Russia Relations (US Consulate, St. Petersburg)
·        Environment (US Embassy, Moscow)
·        Science Policy (US Embassy, Moscow)
·        Energy/Public Policy (US Embassy, Moscow)

Tajikistan (US Embassy, Dushanbe)
·        International Relations
·        Economics/Corruption

Turkmenistan (US Embassy, Ashgabat)
·        Religion
·        Education
·        Alternative/Solar Energy

Ukraine (US Embassy, Kyiv)
·        Environmental Studies/Public Health

The EPS application and instructions are available on the IREX website:

Completed applications are due no later than March 15, 2011

Scholars and Professionals with advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and US citizenship  are eligible to apply for the EPS Program.

Questions may be addressed to the EPS Program Staff at or by telephone at 202-942-9111.

EPS is funded by the United States Department of State Title VIII Program

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Film: The Righteous Enemy, Cassidy Theater, January 28

The Righteous Enemy

At the height of World War II, while the Nazis and most of their allies were deporting and exterminating the Jews of Europe, some 40,000 found protection in the most unlikely of places: territories occupied by the army of Fascist Italy. In areas under their occupation in Croatia, France and Greece, Italian soldiers and diplomats refused to collaborate in the “Final Solution”, despite orders from Mussolini himself to comply with the German requests.

This documentary film takes the form of a personal investigation by the director, Joseph Rochlitz, whose father, Imre Rochlitz was saved by the Italians in occupied Croatia. The film widens out to describe the Italian rescue efforts in France and Greece between 1941 and 1943, and seeks to understand the motives behind this extraordinary Italian attitude. Produced in 1987 and re-edited in 1994, this documentary includes rare interviews with some of the protagonists of the Italian rescue efforts, as well as the testimony of Jews saved by their actions.

Historical consultants appearing in the film are Menachem Shelah (Yad Vashem, Israel) and Serge Klarsfeld, the French lawyer and historian. The wartime memoirs of Imre Rochlitz, Accident of Fate, on which this documentary is based, are scheduled to be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2011.

Directed by Joseph Rochlitz, 57 minutes. Presented with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Jan 28, 2011
6:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago, IL 60602
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46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music, International House, March 25-27

March 25-27th

46th Anniversary Spring Festival of Eastern European Dance and Music

A Folkdancing Extravaganza at International House. Fearured teachers this year include Atranas Kolarovski, Ahmet Luleci, Ventzi Sotirov, Chris Bajmakovich, Ljupco Milenkovski, James Stoyanoff, and others.

International House


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NEIU East Europe International Business Conference 2011, February 28 – March 1



FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011

College of Business and Management

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Illinois

For further information, click on this link or call Nancy Zaitlin, College of Business and Management, 773-442-6102.

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1, 2011
Open to the public

No fee or registration required

Monday, February 28, 2011 Tuesday, March 1, 2011
11:00 – 11:50 am

Marek Michalski

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Department of Business Economics

Rey Juan Carlos University

Madrid, Spain

9:25 – 10:40 am

East-Central Europe: Opportunities & Challenges for U.S. Business

Martin J. Claessens

International Trade Specialist

U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

12:00 – 12:50 pm

The Balkans in 10 years: Fulfilling Its Potential

John Robinson


Cornerstone International

10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Global Forecast and Focus: Business Strategies for Illinois

Mary Roberts

Acting Deputy Director

Iwona W. Wegrzyn-Bochenska

Senior International Trade Specialist

Office of Trade and Investment,

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Logistics in the European Central Independent States

Paul Jarzombek

Chief Operating Officer

LR International Inc.

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Countries With Potential: Czech, Romania, Turkey

Mona Pearl

Founder & COO


4:15 – 5:30 pm

The European Union, East- Central Europe, and Russia: Twenty Years After Economic Transition

Dr . Robert Donnorummo

Professor Emeritus

University of Pittsburgh

1:40 -2:55 pm

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

Book per Semester Panel

College of Business and Management Students


Cultural Contexts and Management Expectations

Atakan Arica

Arica International Corporation

5:55 – 6:55 pm

Manufacturing Trends in Central and Eastern Europe

Michael L. Hetzel


Northern Galaxy Corporation

7:05- 8:20 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announced

Dr. Edward Stuart

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

7:05 – 8:20 pm

The European Union in East-Central Europe: Perspectives of New and Prospective Members

Trade Commissioner Representatives from East-Central Europe

8:30- 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Announcement

Dr. Christina Ciecierski

Department of Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

8:30 – 9:45 pm

Presentation Topic To Be Determined

Dr. Leszek Cichoblazinski

Department of Management

Czestokowa University of Technology

Czestokowa, Poland

Poland: Destination Country for Foreign R&D Investments

Dr. Edward Halizak

Director, Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

Asian FDI In Poland: Trends and Perspectives

Dr. Aleksandra Jarczewska-Romaniuk

Institute of International Relations

University of Warsaw

Warsaw,  Poland

(Program schedule subject to change until further notice)
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European Student Association – meeting, October 28

European Student Association (ESA) hold bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, October 28th, at 9pm in Bartlett Lounge.

Join ESA’s listserv here to get weekly announcements about events.

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Kennan Institute Grant Opportunities (Research, Short-term, and Summer), Deadline December 1

Here is a message from our friends at the Kennan Institute:

Dear Title VI National Resource Center Directors:

I am writing to you in your capacity as head of a Title VI National Resource Center for Russia and Eastern Europe to let you know about some exciting research opportunities at the Kennan Institute next year that may be of interest to you and your colleagues.  As in the past, we will be accepting applications for our Title VIII Research Scholar program in Washington, D.C., ranging from 3-9 months, as well as for our one month Short-Term grants.   In addition, we will again be offering our Title VIII 2-month Summer Research grant that can be used from May – September 2011.  This grant will be available to applicants who hold a MA degree or higher.

1. Research Scholar Grants. The Kennan Institute offers resident grants to scholars to utilize the unique resources of the Washington area. The Title VIII Research Scholar program is open to academic participants in the early stages of their career (before tenure) or scholars whose careers have been interrupted or delayed, and provides 3 to 9 months of support-including office space, a research intern, and special borrowing privileges at the Library of Congress.

2. Short-Term Grants.  Title VIII Short-Term Grants provide up to 30 days of stipend support and use of Institute facilities to conduct research in Washington, and are open to scholars who either possess a doctoral degree or are doctoral candidates who have nearly completed their dissertations.

3.  Summer Research Grant. Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research grant. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2011, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Grant will provide a stipend of $3,200 per month, support for a summer intern, and access to the facilities of the Kennan Institute, including its library. The Kennan Institute cannot provide office space for Summer Grant scholars.  Travel and accommodation expenses also are not directly covered by this grant.

The deadline for the Research Scholar and the Summer Research grants is December 1, 2010. The Short-Term grant competition takes place on a quarterly basis, and the next deadline for Short-Term grants is also December 1, 2010.  Please note that there has been a change in the eligibility requirements.  Title VIII awards are limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens upon commencement of their scholarship.  I encourage you to share these exciting opportunities with your students and colleagues, and have them visit our website to learn about the application process (

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (202) 691-4237 or by email at if you should have any questions.

William E. Pomeranz
Deputy Director

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Transatlantic MA Program in East-Central European Studies

In 2009, Collegium Civitas, the University of Tartu and West Virginia University initiated their collaborative Transatlantic MA Program in East-Central European Studies as part of the U.S.-EU Atlantis project. The Atlantis program is jointly administered and funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission’s Directorate For Education and Culture. See the program’s website for academic opportunities and scholarships.

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Best European Fiction 2010 Reading, Chicago Humanities Festival, November 6

Information taken from Chicago Humanities Festival website:

The next Gustave Flaubert, Franz Kafka, or Thomas Mann awaits your discovery. Published to rave reviews last fall, Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment in an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. The collection, edited by MacArthur “Genius Award” winner Aleksandar Hemon, gives American readers dozens of literary gems from many still-unfamiliar writers from across the pond and provides a window into the European literary scene. Join the artistic team behind “Stories on Stage” for live dramatic readings of stories from both the 2010 anthology and the soon-to-be-published 2011 volume.

This program is presented in partnership with the Dalkey Archive Press.

Where: Harold Washington Library Center – Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (400 South State Street)
Tickets: General: $10.00, Teachers & Students: $5.00
When: Sat, Nov. 6 2:30 – 4:00 PM

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